Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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187 reader reviews for BMW 3 Series Saloon.
  • 330d M Sport 4dr

    Philip Taylor , Cheshire . Date: 28/01/2015
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      43

    My car

    After two Jaguar XF's and all the 'characterists' involved with owning one, I moved back to BMW. I wanted adequate power, safety and economy. The 330d X-drive auto ticks all those boxes and then some. It's comfortable, quick when needed to be and economy is acceptable to me averaging over 40 mpg in mixed driving. I never believe manufacturers mpg figures anyway. It isn't as habdsome as the XF but it has better build quality, Sat Nav and entertainment system. There are no odd noises as in the Jaguar such as a whooshing'hoovering' sound between 1200-1800 rpm as in the XF neither is there any thudding from the rear when the fuel tank is full. You get the feeling that engineers have designed the BMW where the Jaguar, good as it was in parts, seemed to have 'made do' with some items. I would recommend this model to anyone without fear of them being disappointed and with a face lift due mid 2015 there are some great deals to be had on saloons. Go and get one.

  • 318i M Sport 4dr

    Simon Orr , NOTTS . Date: 10/11/2011
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      38.2

    My car

    until recently I owned a 318 m sport (59) Not worth all the so called prestiege in my view, it dropped like a stone in value after 10 months, and the motoring costs were ridiculous !!! Had to go to the dealer to avoid losing the warranty etc... and I was nt prepared to risk having issues. Servicing intervals were useless every 13k miles something needed repalcing and the bill always seemed to be £400, or £500 ....tyres £600.00 ! for 4 and that was cheap, in my view it's the same as razor blade companies get the razor and then pay crazy prices for the blades, never again for me german cars, I thought I would miss my beamer but I don;t and I certainly don't miss the expense.

  • 320d ES 4dr

    Pat mcgrath , . Date: 28/07/2011
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      48.7

    My car

    Bought a september 2007 car from a BMW dealer in Jan 08. 5000 miles on the clock, ex demo. An absolutely amazing car to drive, pure fun. sticks to the road. Superb from that point of view

    Those however were my single days. now married with kids and it certainly isn't a family car, only a drivers car. No boot room, or room for back seat passengers, even kids.

    Running costs: run flat tyre's are expensive, as well as servicing.

    The biggest problem though is reliability. i've serviced the car regularly in bmw garages, only 66000 miles on the clock and a fortnight ago the turbo went. went suddenly when driving and burnt all the oil out of the engine. now having the engine striped to see if that can be repaired. very costly, and out of warranty. Also two years ago, some ELA?? unit went (controls abs and electronic brake force distribution ect.), that was under warranty though....

    I've heard since that these are very common problems

    My advice; avoid outside warranty, or it will cost you big

  • 318d M Sport 4dr

    Dmitri Rezaev , . Date: 17/04/2011
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    I've taken this car out with Streetcar many times and I'm glad I got the chance to drive it. I came to the conclusion that it's too small for me, I am over 6 feet tall and adjusting the seat so it was comfortable for me was next to impossible. When I did so, I couldn't see the dash and speedometer because the steering wheel would be in the way and, there would be no space for a person in the back seat.

    That doesn't mean it's not comfortable to drive. One of my favourite experiences ever, in fact! The response is fantastic, it's quick and agile. The build quality is excellent as I would expect from BMW, only the engine itself is the noisest thing in the cabin, but that's quite pleasant to hear.

    There are downsides though. It sits so low, people have a knack for driving it fast in to traffic calming bumps and as thus, the entire lower part of the front bumper will be scratched and damaged if you're not careful. It feels very small in general, anyway. So it's best for no more than three people in the car.

    Overall, this is a fun to drive, modest and practical compact executive saloon, worth considering if the 5 series is either too large for you, or over budget.

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